We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4750
Website
Description:

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of...

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Check out the exhibit on Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, the Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, the live Reef Cam, and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. The Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is always free (and so is parking), so be sure to stop by for a visit!

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$19.95*
and up
Key West Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,102 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 623
    Excellent
  • 326
    Very good
  • 91
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Life on the land and below the sea

A great location for anyone interested in the natural world. Interactive displays explain the complex ecosystems of the Everglades and the Key West environs -- including... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
CarolR55
,
Palm Coast, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

1,102 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,058: English reviews
San Angelo, Texas
Level Contributor
268 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was free admission. However, I can't recommend wasting your time here. It was primarily a film, and a couple hokey exhibits. Fine for a quick educational trip for school kids. No real aquarium to speak of at all.

Helpful?
Thank The_Man1965
Palm Coast, Florida
Level Contributor
87 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great location for anyone interested in the natural world. Interactive displays explain the complex ecosystems of the Everglades and the Key West environs -- including hammocks, shallows, sea grass, and coral. A great location to bring your kids to help them learn about the environment. An onsite marine biologist will answer any questions.

Helpful?
Thank CarolR55
erie, pa
Level Contributor
158 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Many exciting exhibits and dioramas that highlight the rich natural environment especially reef. Take a virtual dive 1,600 feet. Watch HD movie, Reflections, very informative.

Helpful?
Thank mary y
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's not much out side the building to even tempt you inside. No posters, bill boards, you even struggle to see where the entrance is. But once inside you begin to appreciate the whole eco set up of the Florida Keys. IT'S FREE. There several different exhibition areas, with different themes. There's also a short film about a female free... More 

Helpful?
Thank chippypete
Brampton
Level Contributor
20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits are very interactive and educational. If you have kids plan to spend at least an hour. Very well done for a little place and, it's free!

Helpful?
Thank Denise K
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I and my wife support the discovery center for its educational purpose. There is aquarium, decent movie. However, we really enjoyed walking further to the beach and snorkeling, seeing the real ocean life.

Helpful?
Thank Tommy Y
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Appreciate that there are so many organizations in Key West that remind us about being vigilant about Caring for our environment. Beautiful film about the surrounding hammock, plus great info about maintaining the coral reef. Look Out for lion fish!

Helpful?
Thank JSC717
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

My husband and I were exploring the city during Goombay Fest and came across the Discovery Center. The staff were so friendly and eager to talk about the Keys and the surrounding area. Glad we had the opportunity to stop in.

Helpful?
1 Thank Jodi B
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

The eco center is a free attraction. Very educational about coral reefs and local wildlife. Ride the trolley or drive in for safety until the construction is done.

Helpful?
1 Thank Stacey F
North Carolina
Level Contributor
53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

This is a wonderful place and it is free! They explain sea life to you and talk a lot about the coral reef and and how to protect it.

Helpful?
1 Thank suzie j

Travelers who viewed Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center also viewed

 

Been to Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Clinton Township, Michigan

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?